Friday, May 21, 2010

New First Class on board the Lufthansa A380

Quietest First Class in the world with many innovations – Additional travel comfort in Business and Economy Class – Customers’ wishes integrated into design

Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 features its newly developed First Class area. The world’s largest and most modern commercial aircraft promises relaxed and comfortable travel – and not only in First Class. In Business and Economy Class on its A380, Lufthansa also offers the highest level of passenger comfort. The generous proportions of the cabin alone create a feeling of spaciousness.

“The A380 offers our passengers a first-rate travel experience. The very dimensions of the Airbus A380 and its flight characteristics make travelling on this aircraft a truly unique experience. In all three travel classes, our passengers can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. The exceptional and exclusive First Class concept, which was designed according to our passengers’ wishes and needs, is particularly impressive,” said Thierry Antinori, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for Marketing and Sales, at the presentation of the new First Class.

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Lufthansa takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

New flagship of the Lufthansa fleet sets new standards in travel comfort, technology and environmental efficiency;

526 seats in state-of-the-art cabin; aircraft to be named “Frankfurt am Main”

The delivery of Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 marks the dawn of a new era in flying for the airline’s passengers. Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders handed over the aircraft to Lufthansa at an official ceremony at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, which was attended by about 700 honorary guests.

“Passengers can look forward to a very special flight experience on board the A380,” Wolfgang Mayrhuber said at the handover. “In cooperation with Airbus, we have developed many technical solutions regarding the cabin design and furnishings which are being given a world premiere in this aircraft. Our innovations in terms of cabin air, light systems, sound insulation and inflight entertainment make our A380 unique. Our pilots, technicians and service professionals have undergone intensive training and are thoroughly prepared for this new dimension in flying. They are all as excited about this aircraft as our passengers, who are now booking flights specifically with the A380. I would particularly like to emphasize that it offers unique comfort combined with the highest degree of eco-efficiency. Due to its specific fuel consumption of three litres per passenger per 100 kilometres and thanks to its quiet Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, which have very low noise emissions, the A380 is also setting new standards in terms of environmental compatibility.”

The brand new Lufthansa A380 took off from Hamburg on its ferry flight to Frankfurt with about 500 guests and 22 crew members on board. It landed for the first time in Frankfurt, where Lufthansa’s A380 fleet will be stationed. A large reception for the Lufthansa flagship was held in Lufthansa Technik’s new A380 maintenance hangar – the largest hangar in Europe – which accommodated 2,000 guests for the special occasion. In the evening, Frankfurt’s mayor, Petra Roth, christened the first Lufthansa A380 “Frankfurt am Main”.

Lufthansa has configured its Airbus A380 with 526 seats. The entirely new First Class cabin with eight generously proportioned seats on the upper deck reflects the concept of individuality and offers the ultimate in comfort and technical innovation, which further enhances the travel experience. Also on the upper deck is the award-winning Lufthansa Business Class cabin with 98 seats. On the main deck, 420 seats in an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin provide an unprecedented level of passenger comfort.

Numerous airports worldwide are currently upgrading their facilities in preparation for the A380’s arrival. At Frankfurt Airport, where the Lufthansa A380 fleet will be based, facilities are already in place for passengers to board and disembark from the aircraft on two levels.

The German national football team will have an opportunity to savour the A380 experience on a special flight with the new aircraft when it takes off from Frankfurt on Sunday, 6 June bound for Johannesburg, where the World Cup will be held. The following Tuesday, 8 June, the Lufthansa flagship will be on display during the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show at Berlin-Schönefeld. The A380 will enter scheduled service with Lufthansa on Friday, 11 June on the Frankfurt–Tokyo route. By this spring, Lufthansa will have taken delivery of four A380s, which will be operated on routes to Beijing and Johannesburg.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it intends to resume operations to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with a twice-daily service in addition to serving Narita International Airport. The new service will begin in October, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “The Haneda flights will give our passengers more choice and greater flexibility when travelling between Hong Kong and the Japanese capital. Tokyo has long been an important destination for Hong Kong people for both business and leisure travel, and the addition of more Cathay Pacific flights will further enhance ties between the two cities.”

The airline first operated to Haneda in 1959, when it launched its Tokyo service. By 1978, it was operating four passenger flights a day and four freighter services a week before all international airlines switched their scheduled operations from Haneda to Narita that year.

Cathay Pacific currently operates six flights a day – five direct and one via Taipei – to Narita. In total the airline offers 91 passenger flights and 11 freighter services per week between Hong Kong and five major gateways in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

In a bid to further boost its services, Cathay Pacific will add two daily flights to Taipei – the first being introduced on 11 June and the second on 1 July – to make a total of 94 flights a week. In addition, from September the airline will increase the number of flights to Jakarta from 14 to 18 a week.

The Cathay Pacific Website can be found at

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Jetstar offers members 6c fares !!

Reported on E Travel Blackboard

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Jetstar is set to sell the cheapest airfares in history - at a mere 6c - as the budget carriers wage a fare war in preparation for the traditionally quiet winter period.

In an email to its members, Jetstar says it will offer the 6c fares to customers if they sign up for a Jetstar MasterCard by midnight on May 27.

"If you haven't applied yet there's still time to get access to the sale" the carrier said in the email.

"Just apply for a Jetstar MasterCard or Jetstar Platinum MasterCard."

The fare sale will be launched in conjunction with Jetstar's sixth birthday and will see the budget carrier sell up to 5000 of the 6c fares.
Fares will be offered on the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne routes according to

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Accor’s M Gallery St Moritz in Queenstown has added an extra B to the concept of bed and breakfast with a Bed, Breakfast and Butler package so that guests seeking a little indulgence can be waited on hand and foot. Priced from just NZ $216.90 per room per night during June, the package includes overnight accommodation, dedicated butler services throughout your stay including a Grand breakfast delivered to your room on a special tray designed for in-bed dining, plus late check-out.

Defined by a distinctive style that embodies the spirit of Queenstown, Hotel St Moritz blends understated luxury with warmth and genuine hospitality. It is superbly located on a hillside position in the heart of the township, boasting panoramic lake and mountain views. Offering traditional guest rooms and one- or two-bedroom Alpine suites, each room cleverly blends timeless classics with modern essentials to ensure refined comfort.

June is a great time to visit Queenstown, before the school holiday rush, especially with the first snow bringing an early ski season - and this package is the perfect way to experience the destination in true style. Your butler will be on-hand to make your dinner bookings, sort your ski arrangements, arrange valet parking and more so you can feel like a star throughout your stay.

M Gallery is a small, exclusive collection of upscale hotels that are remarkable in their personality. The network now extends to 34 hotels across five continents. The M Gallery brand appeals to travellers looking for distinctive services or seeking a place with a true soul, with each hotel classified according to one of the following four themes – Vision, Design, History or Location.

For bookings go to

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Join Gordon Ramsey for Dinner in AKL & WLG

Don’t miss out on what is set to be one of the best nights out this year.

Whitcoulls Dinner with Gordon Ramsay
22 June, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
23 June, The Langham, Auckland

At "Whitcoulls Dinner with Gordon Ramsay” the ever colourful and boisterous Gordon will speak candidly about his incredible life story and his business success.

Notoriously outspoken, Gordon will delight and surprise you and your clients with his ‘no-holds-barred’ story of his climb to the top.

We have packaged up an evening of rip roaring fun.

Event highlights will include:

A delectable three course dinner with fine wine and beer and pre-dinner cocktails
Your Master of Ceremonies will be Mark Sainsbury (Wellington) and Gordon Harcourt (Auckland)
Live entertainment by Dave McArtney of Pink Flamingos and Hello Sailor fame
A solo performance by Ebon Grayman – a 12 year veteran of the Circque du Soleil
Keynote speech by Gordon Ramsay including live Q & A with Gordon Ramsay
If you are looking for a great night out to entertain your clients, partner, friends or colleagues you can't go past this one-off opportunity to rub shoulders with the dynamic international guru of food.

Book your tickets for 'Whitcoulls Dinner with Gordon Ramsay' now at Duco Events

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Virtuoso Welcomes The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay

The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay is one of only 11 New Zealand hotels invited to be part of the elite Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program. Virtuoso is a multi-billion-dollar, by-invitation-only enterprise of exceptional travel consultants and travel providers, all working together to mutually prosper while delivering the world’s most satisfying travel experiences.

Virtuoso® is a network of the world’s finest travel agencies with knowledgeable advisors who draw upon first-hand experience to craft the perfect vacation. Their affiliation with Virtuoso represents decades of professional experience, worldwide connections and product, lifestyle and destination expertise.

Ranked among New Zealand’s finest, The Westin Auckland commands a unique maritime location in the bustling Viaduct Harbour offering spectacular views of the marina and city skyline. Westin’s convenient location places you on the doorstep of Auckland’s leading attractions, iconic landmarks, shopping boutiques, bars, restaurants and outdoor adventures. Spacious rooms and suites, offer the ultimate in comfort with renowned Heavenly® Bed, luxurious bathrooms with invigorating Heavenly Shower® and deep soaking bath. Natural light floods through full length windows and all rooms feature private balconies. The Westin will offer Virtuoso clients exclusive offers and luxury package deals to suit even the most discerning traveller.

“We look forward to working with Virtuoso and delivering a truly Westin experience in New Zealand, leaving guests feeling rested, energized and renewed” says Katie Donald, Director of Sales & Marketing.

Phone 09 909 9000 for reservations. Visit

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Like many boutique Queenstown ski lodges, Bearsden Bed & Breakfast boasts cosy and warm rooms, a supremely comfortable private lounge with roaring log fire and stunning views.

But what it has to offer that most don’t is 25 years of accumulated ski industry advice and experience from co-owner Margie Slattery-Smith, a former ski instructor who went on to spend many years as area manager for a major tourism company catering for visitors from all around the world.

Australian-born Margie has skied and worked in her home country and in Canada, USA, Europe and New Zealand, but she reckons you can’t beat Coronet Peak for variety, fun and consistently good snow conditions – if you know where to go.

“The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone also have a lot to offer and it is fantastic that we have such a variety of ski areas to choose from right on our doorstep,” she said.

“Queenstown is like a little slice of Europe just over three hours flight from Australia. When I first arrived I was blown away. I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to come here.”

Earlier this year Margie and husband Ned opened Bearsden B&B, a country-style home in a tranquil rural setting that’s still only minutes from Queenstown Airport and the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown.

“Each of the guest rooms at Bearsden has a set of binoculars so people can open the curtains in the morning and lie in bed with a completely uninterrupted full view up to Coronet Peak. You can literally see the snow groomers working morning and night, and check out skiers and boarders making first tracks.

“Over an espresso coffee made from freshly ground beans, and a hearty home-cooked breakfast, I’m more than happy to go over snow reports and give our guests the ‘locals lowdown’ on the very best runs on the mountains and where they’ll find the powder pockets even after the main trails are tracked out. They may even tempt me to take them on a few of my favourite runs.

“There’ll be nothing more rewarding than having a couple of tired but happy people coming back after a great day on the slopes and watching them relax with a wine by the outside fireplace, making friends with our popular black lab Bruno, and planning the next day’s adventures.”

Bearsden Bed & Breakfast features two bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, and enjoys all-day sun. After a day on the slopes, guests can enjoy a glass of wine before slipping into the outdoor spa to check out the lights of Coronet Peak twinkling away under a starlit sky.

In the heart of the Southern Alps with views of both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski areas, Bearsden is also close to wineries, golf courses (Millbrook, The Hills and Arrowtown) and has leisurely walking and biking trails from the door.

The après-ski scene of Queenstown, with its cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and nightlife, is just a 15-minute scenic drive away, while nearby Arrowtown has everything from casual ‘pub’ dining to award-winning restaurants.

Bearsden owners Margie and Ned bought the property as an original two-bedroom Kiwi ‘bach’ in October 2003 and have transformed it into today’s comfortable, stylish and affordable luxury accommodation in what Margie describes as “an eight-year labour of love sprinkled with a few challenges, making the final outcome all the more rewarding.”

“Having only been open for a few months, the most rewarding thing is getting feedback from guests who have absolutely loved Bearsden and are happily recommending it to family and friends.”

For further information and bookings go to

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thailand update

Bangkok hotels are now empty along with the shops and restaurants in the retail and commercial area of Rajaprasong. So too is the night market at Patpong, a place usually packed with tourists.

Yesterday’s grenade attack on the Dusit Thani Hotel is now the tip of the iceberg.

With the human toll now rising to 36 dead and over 250 injured, Bangkok has become a ‘no-go zone’ to foreign visitors.

As violent clashes between Thai troops and the anti-government protesters escalate in intensity and political unrest threatens to spread across the country, there are even wider fears about the impact the crisis will have on Thailand’s economic growth, let alone attracting foreign investment in an unstable political climate.

Tourism represents over six per cent of the total GDP, employing 15 per cent of the nation’s workforce. Bangkok generates a large portion of tourism revenue.


Currently, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has advised travellers to avoid all non-essential travel to Bangkok.

Yesterday, the Australian Embassy closed its doors, with only a few essential staff remaining for emergencies.


Bangkok is bracing itself for a showdown between troops and protesters and the Thai authorities have delivered an ultimatum to the Redshirt protesters to disperse.

Troops are reportedly preparing to move in to end the standoff, with an aircraft dropping leaflets on the barricades warning the protesters that the last chance to leave safely has arrived.

Both sides say more violence seems inevitable. The Thai Government is not prepared to negotiate further with Redshirt leaders while the protests continue and barricades remain.


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Qantas reuses plastic cutlery on international flights

E-Travel Blackboard released this news today. Wouldn't you think it would be far greener to go back to stainless cutlery?? Let's be honest - you snap a plastic fork in half and feel how sharp it is ... it's more bloody dangerous than a blunt metal butter knife, that's for sure!!! And, who says that potential terrorists don't fly business or first class?

Bring back metal cutlery I say!


It's true what Kermit the Frog says about being green. It's not easy, just ask Qantas.

The Flying Kangaroo has had to defend one of its recycling policies, after it was discovered that the airline re-uses plastic cutlery on international flights.

The carrier reported that the cutlery is cleaned, sterilised and inspected for any deterioration before being re-used.

According to a Qantas spokesperson, plastic cutlery used on international flights, which convey up to 19,000 passengers to and from Australia on weekdays, could be used up to "three, four, five times."

Plastic cutlery on Qantas domestic flights, which carry up to 50,000 passengers on a weekday, where not recycled because of "the sheer volume of passengers and because there's a higher proportion of economy passengers that in business and first class," the spokesperson said.

Qantas has defended its recycling policy, saying the plastic cutlery used onboard its flights was more robust than the disposable plastic on take-away cutlery.

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Queenstown’s Over The Top has been voted by US visitors as one of the top 10 experiences in New Zealand

Each year prestigious US wholesaler, New Zealand Travel Inc, tabulates surveys that are completed by their customers and presents the top awards as voted by those travellers.

In an email to the winners, New Zealand Travel Inc. heartily congratulated the winners and thanked them for creating amazing experiences for their guests.

New Zealand Travel Inc has been sending guests to New Zealand for over 25 years and has been recognized for excellence in awards given by elite travel publications Condé Nast Traveller and Andrew Harper Hideaway. New Zealand Travel Inc guests are sophisticated travellers who wish to experience the very best of New Zealand.

Queenstown was well represented in the 2009 Top Traveller Awards with Over The Top joining Judy MacKenzie from EP Tours and Real Journeys in the Top Ten Experiences. Blanket Bay was recognised as one of the top New Zealand luxury lodges, Pencarrow Lodge as winner for boutique accommodation and The Spire hotel getting an honorable mention.

Over The Top CEO Louisa (Choppy) Patterson was delighted to receive the award.

“We are thrilled with the accolade. It reinforces the importance of understanding visitors’ requirements whilst in New Zealand and ensuring we exceed their expectations.”

This latest award reflects Over The Top’s distinctive high standards and reinforces the company’s commitment to excellence.

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The Crypt Horror Roadshow

There is something creeping around the suburbs of Christchurch prowling through abandoned buildings making themselves at home, ready to pounce on those people that are unaware.

Don’t look too closely into the darkness as you really don’t know what’s looking back at you.

Christchurch is about to be hit by The Crypt Horror Roadshow, this freaky family includes creatures from your worst nightmares, and characters from your favorite horror flicks.

When they come to life you had better start running.

The first location of The Crypt Horror Roadshow will be announced soon.
Opening Friday 4th June 2010

“Come on Christchurch...... Scream For Us!” or check them out on Face book

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Bangkok Dangerous Map – Areas to avoid

Latest news is that the street clashes are further outside the area marked on this map. All MRT and BTS train services are closed for the weekend. Most big shopping malls in central Bangkok are closed too. The army’s plan to encircle the red shirts (green square) has failed repeatedly. So far 24 dead in running street battles. Street battles have already started on Sunday.

MOST DANGEROUS: Areas to avoid in Bangkok this weekend: Sala Daeng/Silom area, Lumpini Boxing Stadium/Bon Kai area and Ratchaprarop to Din Daeng area including Victory Monument.
Bangkok Dangerous Map

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Sky Tower unveils new SkyScopes on Sky Deck

Auckland’s most iconic landmark and leading tourist attraction, the Sky Tower located at SKYCITY Auckland, had added an extra feature to its already impressive Sky Deck - the Sky Tower’s highest observation level.

Sky Deck’s new view finders called SkyScopes, boost the customer experience with 18 of the viewing devices positioned around the deck, fixated on key Auckland landmarks. Each SkyScope has accompanying information on the landmark the viewfinder is focused on. The narrative on each landmark with each SkyScope means guests leave the Sky Tower will a renewed or new found knowledge of the Auckland cityscape.

SKYCITY Auckland’s General Manager SKYCITY Hotels Group and New Zealand Facilities Development, Simon Jamieson said, “To add an extra feature to the already impressive Sky Tower enhances the experience for our domestic and international visitors. The new SkyScopes are proving to be a popular feature and we are already having great feedback from our customers.”

The project is providing new and returning customers with an additional activity inside the Sky Tower to enhance their experience and give them a new found appreciation for the Auckland’s iconic landmarks.

The landmarks are:

· Albert Park
· Auckland War Memorial Museum
· One Tree Hill
· Auckland Town Hall
· Mt Eden
· Eden Park
· Western Springs
· Waitakere Ranges
· Victoria Park Markets
· Westhaven Marina
· Chelsea Sugar Factory
· Auckland Harbour Bridge
· Viaduct Harbour
· Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
· Rangitoto
· North Head
· Waiheke Island
· Kelly Tarltons

The Sky Deck is the Sky Tower’s highest observation level that is accessible to the public. It is situated on level 60 of the Sky Tower at 220m above street level. It offers visitors amazing 360 degree views through virtually seamless glass.

For more information on Auckland’s Sky Tower including opening hours and admission costs see

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Sunsail Announces New Charter Destination in Belize

Sitting on the eastern coast of the Central American coastline facing the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a unique treasure in the sailing world, and home to Sunsail’s newest destination.

Sunsail, the sailing holiday specialist, is thrilled to announce the opening of a new charter location in Belize. The new destination, Sunsail’s 8th in the Caribbean, will open in November 2010, offering sailors the opportunity to explore one of Mother Nature’s best kept secrets this winter.

Located in Placencia, Sunsail’s Belize base is the perfect starting point for a wonderfully varied charter holiday. With the picturesque Belizean coast stretching out over 185 miles, there is an abundance of things to do and see. The marine life here is dazzling and yearning to be explored.

Discover Belize’s Mesoamerican Barrier Reef; the longest unbroken reef in the western hemisphere. Coral gardens featuring over 70 types of hard corals, the distinguished Blue Hole, nearly 500 species of fish including playful dolphins, fascinating whale sharks, graceful sea turtles and elegant eagle rays all make up Belize’s sensational sea life. With visibility usually extending hundreds of feet, diverse dive sites and extensive sea life, Belize will not disappoint.

Whether you choose to rest undisturbed on the top deck of your yacht watching the waves break in the distance, snorkel in waist deep water amidst schools of colourful fish, or venture inland to the rainforests for the day where you’ll find waterfalls and jungle canopies, Belize is one destination worth discovering.

The sailing here is consistent, with trade winds blowing along the coast most of the year and the water inside the reef is calm with few waves. This, combined with a wonderfully fresh breeze, makes the sailing in Belize superb.

Ideally suited for catamaran sailing, Sunsail will be offering the brand new award-winning Sunsail 384 catamarans for charter from November 2010.

“We are delighted to be able to offer another premier sailing destination to our already wide choice of worldwide locations. Belize offers an outstanding mix of unbeatable sailing conditions and an abundance of wildlife with undiscovered treasures. This is definitely a sailing holiday destination not to be missed.” Cheryl Powell, Sunsail’s Chief Operating Officer.


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Distinctively Divine Leisure Packages Launched

The newly refurbished Distinction Nugget Point Boutique Hotel in Queenstown has launched a spectacular range of leisure packages to help ease holidaymakers through these frosty winter months.

General Manager Ken Edwards believes the packages will appeal to anyone who wants to treat themselves to a well-earned ‘escape’ this winter.

“These packages are specifically tailored for guests wanting a luxurious and unique experience without breaking the budget,” he said.

“We aim to indulge our guests and spoil them with the full range of distinctive delights we have on offer.”

Guests can keep chills at bay with the hotel’s ‘Winter Warmer’ package, specially designed to heat up from the inside out. Guests will receive a complimentary upgrade into a luxurious River View Suite and indulge in a glass or two of Chef’s secret Mulled Wine recipe while debating whether to make use of the complimentary gym and squash facilities. Pricing starts from $210.

Alternatively guests can live like a movie star with the ‘Movie, Popcorn- Suite!’ package, complete with access to their own private cinema. Prices start from just $239 and include use of a private media room complete with surround sound, comfy sofas, rugs to throw over their knees and -- of course -- a bucket of freshly popped popcorn. Combined with breakfast and a late check out guests will find it hard to leave.

The ‘Afternoon Tea and a Lie Down’ package from only $245 is designed for the distinctively delicate. Sample exquisitely prepared sandwiches, savour petite scones and indulge in French cakes and delicacies. Complement the experience with your choice from a full range of exotic teas and fine coffee before escaping to your suite for a well earned rest.

In line with the old adage ‘giving is better than receiving’, the ‘Celebrate in Style’ package enables guests to spoil their loved one in true distinction style. From just $439 enjoy a luxury River View Suite, full breakfast for two, and a bottle of champagne served in the room with the decadent Chef’s Gold Leaf Chocolate Truffle Plate.

To retreat into total luxury, book ‘The Ultimate Luxury Escape’ and be truly rewarded. This ultimate luxury weekend package for two boasts luxurious accommodation in a Superior River View suite with a bottle of champagne and the Chef’s special Gold Leaf Chocolate truffles. It’s followed by cocktails and canapés in the guest lounge and a delectable dinner in Birches restaurant with a bottle of wine included. Finish the experience off with a full breakfast for two and late check out.

Distinction Nugget Point General Manager Ken Edwards describes the Escape package as “a steal”, starting at just $670.

“Hand on heart, I’d have to say that no other property in town offers such absolute luxury at such competitive prices,” he said.

Terms and conditions apply.

Nugget Point

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia – A New Chapter Begins

After nearly 12 months of refurbishment, the “re-born” Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia is edging ever closer to opening. After purchasing the Kitano Tusitala Hotel last year, The Tanoa Hotel Group closed the doors of the hotel and set upon a major refurbishment program to restore the iconic Apia hotel to its former glory. The hotel rebuilding team has had to endure all that the elements have thrown at them including the Tsunami in September as well as major fire on site that destroyed much of the refurbishment and all but one of the restored wooden Fale’s.

The hotel is on track to open Stage 1 on 1 July 2010. Stage 1 will consist of:

All 95 Fully refurbished rooms
48 Double Deluxe Rooms (2 x Double beds)
45 King Deluxe (1 x King Split Beds)
1 Junior Suite (1 x King Bed and Large living area)
1 Presidential Suite (1 x King Bed, separate living and dining area)
Swimming pool and Children’s Pool
Tamarind Restaurant
Poolside Bar
Temporary Reception area

Stage 2 of the redevelopment, scheduled for completion by late 2010, will see feature additional Food and Beverage outlets, a Kids club, gymnasium, conference and meeting space and permanent reception area.

Upon completion, the hotel will have been refurbished to a 4.5 Star International standard. The well appointed Guest rooms, all with individually controlled air conditioning, are equipped with all the amenities to suit both the leisure traveler and the busy executive. The rooms open on to either an airy balcony or self contained patio area, engendering the feeling of a cool relaxing space – ideal on those hot tropical days! Other features of the rooms include:

Flat screen LCD televisions with cable channels
Dual Line IDD telephones
Radio Alarm clocks
Coffee and Tea making facilities
Iron and Ironing Board
Electronic Key Card Access
In Room Safes
Separate Business desk with Internet Access

For reservations, please email

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